Today I learned about the Shikoku Pilgrimage, a famous pilgrimage route that circles the island of Shikoku in Japan.
- Temples: The route covers 88 “official” temples.
- Founder: Associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
- Distance: It spans approximately 1,200 kilometers.
- Purpose: While many do it for spiritual reasons, others undertake the journey for personal or cultural exploration.
- Pilgrims: Known as henro, they often wear traditional white clothing and carry wooden walking sticks.
- Modes of Travel: Historically done on foot, but nowadays many use cars, buses, or bicycles.
- Completion: Finishing the route is seen as a significant spiritual and physical achievement.